Officially Taking MDW To…๐Ÿ˜

Welcome to New York, it’s been waitin’ for you. โค๏ธ

As anyone and their mothers could imagine, I live a very chaotic, high performance, spontaneous lifestyle.

I don’t like becoming too comfortable in one place for too long because all I want to do is find a new adventure, meet new people, and experience a different side of the world. My heart literally craves the high and adrenaline rush that comes from always being on-the-go; picking a place on a map and just saying yes.

So naturally, as everyone started asking about my Memorial Day Weekend plans [and realizing how I really hadn’t planned anything at all…] I went to one of my best girlfriends who lives in the heart of Manhattan. We have been talking about me coming to NYC for like, ever, but life’s crazy has gotten in the way more than a couple of times.

It took us a solid ten minutes, give or take, to purchase my tickets and plan a full blown Manhattan girls weekend.

Side note: last week was the most insane work week of my life, I thought I would honestly need through MDW to sleep off the stress. So…

Needless to say, there’s no place I’d rather let loose than THE BIG APPLE!

Lots of people ask me how I can afford these random, last minute trips. Well, I have a travelers trick for y’all. ๐Ÿ˜œ

Two words: Hopper App

Seriously, it’s the greatest. It’s where I bought my Ireland, Iceland, and now New York City round trip tickets — and it’s super easy!

  • Download Hopper from your mobile App Store
  • Enter your travel to and from destinations
  • Voila! Hopper will spit out the lowest rates out there (seriously, sometimes these rates are crazy not to jump on…)

So, to all my wanderlust travel bugs out there — you’ve found your saving grace! I’m not a millionaire and Iย don’t have a tree of unlimited cash, but I do put a decent chunk of change in my savings account with each paycheck, so if I can find a way to do what I love at 25…you can too.ย ๐Ÿ˜˜

Obviously, there’s going to be never-ending photos and videos of my Manhattan adventures, so be sure to follow along @alexaraeloebel. New York may be the next city to steal my heart…๐ŸŒโค๏ธ

We’ll find out, NYC!

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Single State Of Mind

Just as any other 25-year-old single woman, I get asked one question, far more often than most.

So today, I’m going to give you both vulnerable and blatantly honest, yet very different answers to the universal, million dollar question.

Why are you single?

I’m single because I friend-zone before I fall. While I have an immense amount of love to give, I feel pretty close to incapable of opening my heart and life to someone else. At least right here and right now. Not out of fear of rejection or heartbreak, because that I can handle. Rather, it stems from feeling skeptical of what exactly true and genuine love has the potential to be.

I’m single because I have a very difficult time trusting men. I have always been the type of person to have a pretty good and fairly accurate read on people after meeting them — yet even if it’s the nicest guy in the world, a part of me will always remain cautious and skeptical until actions have proven otherwise. This has more to do with past experiences than it does with any one specific person.

I’m single because I know my heart, and I know it well. When it’s right, I know my heart will allow me to open up and fall unapologetically. Until then, I’m perfectly content not rushing into anything — seeking love just doesn’t seem right, or worth it for that matter. But, patient and genuine love does.

There you have it — my three main [and extremely vulnerable] answers to the million dollar question. That said, there’s still a greater story around this question. So, here are my open and blatantly honest answers…

I’m single because I love being single. That’s an easy one.ย I love playing the game of life by my own rules, pushing my own limits, and pressing pause on any given chapter at any given time. I love the high that comes from paving my own path and building my very own success story. I love being wild and free, taking on any and every challenge, anywhere in the world, because I have nothing holding me back or keeping me tied down.

I’m single because, quite frankly, I just don’t like dating. It’s exhausting and confusing. I have way too many other priorities in my own hectic, always on-the-go, life to have dating become a set priority. To be honest, I prefer to not even use the word “date” or “dating”. I’d rather just say let’s go grab food, hang out, go to the park — I will legitimately use any word but date.

I’m single because I’m fully invested in my friendships. My girlfriends are my rock, my voice of reason, my people. More often than not, this is why I result to friend-zoning men to begin with. Out of building that level of comfort and trust from the get-go, yes. But also because I have come to value true, genuine, and quality friendships before relationships, and maintaining them is a priority.

I’m single because I value and appreciate my “me” time. I live a very chaotic, high-performance life — both personally and professionally. Learning to love being alone at times; and taking that time to be really, truly present and in the moment. That in itself has taken lots of practice and time. And I love it. It allows me to put my to-be-continued success story as #1.

I’m single because I’m a wanderer. I don’t like to stay in one place for too long. I like new and exciting. I live for the thrill and spontaneous adventure. I have too many places to see, cultures to experience, and people to meet before settling down with one person in one place.

I’m single because I’m so comfortable in my own skin. Maybe a little too comfortable…either way, I love living my own life on my own terms, by my own playbook, setting my own rules.

I’m single because I realize I only have so many years to be really, truly single. I only have so much time to create the life I wanted; a life designed specifically for me, my vision, and my passions before I have to think about sharing all of it with someone else. This is the time in my life where I am my #1 priority.

I’m single because I have too much love in my heart and soul to share with far too many people, places, and things in this world. At this moment, right here, right now.ย 

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25 And On The Pursuit Of Traveling The ๐ŸŒ

Today, I wrote my Fast Forward Vision.

Come again?

Ever heard of a vision board? It’s basically creating something visual (maybe even something physical or tangible) and utilizing it as a powerful way to manifest your life’s desires.

Now, imagine you’re standing in front of a 12-foot wall and while you’re standing there holding your vision board, the wind (in this case, a blessing) blows your vision board out of your hands and over the wall. What do you do now? Well, I sure as hell hope you aren’t going to just walk away and leave your vision board behind!

No, you’re going to get yourself over the 12-foot wall and get your vision board — because it’s your dreams, your greatest desires. Even if you don’t know how you’ll do it, or what the process will be like — you will find a way.

What does that analogy have to do with anything? Thisdon’t let one setback, no matter how big or small, keep you from your life’s greatest desires.ย 

Fast forward one year from now.

Work life and dating aside, what do I want to look back on in one year and confidently say I lived my best 365 days?

For me — travel. To travel far and often. To bucket list countries, iconic cities, and white sandy islands.

If you know me, and know me well, my one rule for 2018 is to live a life of yes. So, after I wrote my fast forward vision I think you can imagine my next move…

  1. Opened my Hopper App
  2. Searched Chicago ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ to Reykjavik ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ธ
  3. “Is it under $350?”
  4. Yes
  5. Purchased. Booked. And confirmed.

Why Iceland?

It’s not all about the tropical destinations, y’all! To be completely honest — I have always been in love with the Nordic countries, ever since I can remember. Visiting and experiencing The Blue Lagoon and witnessing first hand The Northern Lights, what 25 year old passionate traveler wouldn’t want that reality!

The rest is just personal bucket list hopes and desires that I’ve chosen to make a reality within 365 days.

So, here’s to 25 — a year of yes. A year to making your vision board come to life!

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A โ€œTo Be Continuedโ€ Irish Adventure

If there is any advice I could give anyone, it would be to just do it — whatever inkling you have, whatever your heart and gut is telling you to do, do it.

For me, that inkling has been to travel far and travel often. To find a greater love in my heart for new people and places around the world; to open my eyes, mind, and spirit to everything this world has to offer.

Ireland has been the most monumental, most eye opening adventure — it’s everything I could have ever hoped for and more. To be honest, it didn’t take long at all for Dublin to feel like home. I kid you not, I maybe used Google Maps twice while I was here. The rest just came from adapting to my surroundings faster than I ever have, and feeling as if I was actually a local with how familiar I became with the city so quickly. I’m heartbroken because I love this city, can 100% see myself moving here — ever feel like you’ve stumbled into a new city, state, or country, and immediately felt it was home? Well, that’s Dublin for me.

Lucky for me, I became pretty close with a handful of people living in Dublin, so you can fully expect more Ireland adventures to come again, very soon. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Out of everything I did on this trip and what I was able to experience, here are my favorite highlights:

Dublin

  • Made friends from all over the world, throwing invites to come visit & continue my travel adventures in Scotland, Canada, and Australia.
  • Became friends with several musicians playing out at the Irish pubs nearly every night.
  • Temple bar and Badass pub. Love.
  • Became a “perfect pint of Guinness pourer” certified.
  • Got kissed by my Dublin crush ๐Ÿ˜Š although, he was a British fella, not Irish. But either way, most definitely the best and favorite kiss in my 25 years. โค๏ธ

Galway

  • Dancing and singing the night away at O’Conners Pub, where they filmed Ed Sheeran’s Galway Girl music video.
  • Tullamore Distillery Irish Whiskey Tasting.

Aran Islands

  • Biking across the entirety of Inis Mรณr, the largest of the Aran Islands.

Ennis

  • Playing on the edge of the seven wonders of the world, Cliffs of Moher.

Dingle Peninsula

  • Playing with baby lambs. AND getting my second best kiss on my Ireland adventure by little Beau Beau. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ’•

Cork

  • Receiving “the gift of the gab” — kissing the Blarney Stone.

These are just a few of my favorite new memories from my favorite country. But, everything I did, everything I saw, everyone I met along the way have easily changed my life; in more ways than just one. ๐ŸŒ๐Ÿ€๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช

Thank you, Ireland, for teaching me that in the face of all obstacles I can follow my heart and be brave; be courageous and take the risk. Thank you, Ireland, for creating a new level of confidence in where I go next — both in travel and in life. For reassuring me of what is really important. That jumping head first into the unknown and making memories with new people in new places changes lives — not material things.

Thank you, Ireland, for showing me I can conquer anything and everything; completely on my own.

Thank you, Ireland, for opening my mind, my heart, and setting my soul on fire. Best believe I will be back again to make more Irish memories, very very soon.

Xoxo,

From The Emerald Isle

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On The Edge Of The Seven Wonders Of The World

I can’t really say I went into yesterday planning on sitting at the edge of Cliffs of Moher, taking the phrase “living life on the edge” THAT literally, but boy am I glad I did it. You’re going to think I am the craziest person in the world for saying this — I wasn’t scared in the least bit (which came as a complete shock to me as well). My thought process went something along the lines of now that I’m here, how do I experience Cliffs of Moher to its fullest potential? …๐Ÿ˜

Apart from the experience in itself, I’m a photographer and needed to capture the perfect photo in the perfect moment — clearly as a photographer, we have a tendency to do crazy things to capture the most awe-inspiring moments that share a story to the world. More than anything though, it was exhilarating, inspiring, and absolutely breathtaking.

Words can’t even begin to describe the high I got from pure excitement; literally standing on the edge of the seven wonders of the world. Seriously, how many people can say that? ๐ŸŒ

I don’t have enough words to share to describe the experience, so here are photos and videos to help tell that story in more detail for y’all to live vicariously through, while I take a sec to recover from yesterday’s activities and major adrenaline rush. ๐Ÿ˜œ

I’ll be uploading more over the next several days, but this was all that would load for the time being haha.

If you want any immediate and current photo stories — head over to my Instagram @alexaraeloebel or Snapchat @alexaloebel. ๐Ÿ˜Šโค๏ธ

I can’t tell you how many people asked how I was able to take the photos I did and do the things I did. TBH, that’s just how I live my life — 110% completely, unashamedly, and unapologetically on the edge. I have a ridiculous tendency to chase after the adrenaline rush and thrill of new adventures.

If I’m not pushing myself to the greatest of limits in all things, then I’m failing myself. This is me, this is my life, and this is how I choose to live it — living fearlessly on the edge, every single time. ๐Ÿ’•

Xoxo,

From Ennis

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